Friday, November 18, 2016

A Sad Goodbye - One Year Later

Back in 2011 I blogged about The Cats of Clos du Bois - the story of our Cat Family which began in the spring of 2001 with the arrival of Cleo Cat. Last year was a tough year for our Cat Family as we lost both of our Tiger Cats - Tom-Cat in July and Solomon Cat in November.  I've had the beginnings of a tribute post in the works for over a year.  Now it is time to recap how much they meant to us.    

Tom-Cat arrived in the early summer of 2001 after his girlfriend (and probably sister) Cleo Cat had given birth to five kittens.

As three of the five kittens were tigers, there was no doubt he was Daddy Cat.

Tommy fit into our growing cat family immediately.

He was extremely good-natured and rarely started a scuffle. 

Early on he was the recipient of a notch in his right year - we think a raccoon fight was the probably cause.  

You can see why one of his many nicknames was "Fangster".

But mostly he just liked to sleep.

A spot of sunshine made for a great spot...

...but there were plenty of other options as well.

Silly cat!

You could pet Tom-Cat until your hands fell off, and he'd still want more.

Being a senior member of the Cat Family could sometimes make for a worried face.

He could also be kittenish and playful - loving feathers and balls.

While he did sleep a lot, almost hibernating in the winter... 

...he also was an avid birder and tracker of small mammals.
Given his early history as a feral cat (probably the first 12-18 months of his life) he brought us presents of bunnies, chipmunks, mice, and birds. 

In the last couple of years he became more of an observer than an Elmer Fudd type ("Kill the Wabbit!).

He was also a wonderful Garden Helper.

He passed away in July 2015 suddenly of a fast growing lung tumor.

Designer - Ewe & Eye & Friends
Design - "Fat Cat"
Fabric -32 count raw linen
Fibers - DMC - 2 strands over 2 threads
Started -15 September 2014
Completed - 20 September 2014

Framed - October 2015

As you can see I had this stitch at the framers during our Tigers' passings.
It turned out to be a way to remember our great furry guys.

Solomon Cat was born at the end of May 2001.

Here he is with Padma and Parvati.

He was an extremely handsome and strong cat from the get-go.
Rather than orange, he was a lovely brick color with pure white paws and neck.

Here he is with his father.

He was taken with computer printers and watching them eject a piece of paper was endlessly fascinating.  

He was our jumper and climber - our Mountaineer Cat.

And the reason all our kitchen cabinets rather than being open shelves had glass doors. 

He was our ball player and would chase one at full speed down the hallway as fast as he could go.

He liked to be part of the action.

He was a Catnip addict.

A dedicated napper.

A garden helper.

Ironically he was the most shy of our cats.  

He did not always enjoy the best of health.

But he did love this patch in the front flowerbed.

Something about this carpet of moss...   

Like his father, he was a dedicated rabbit hunter.

In 2014 his health became compromised and though he ate, his digestive system could not process the nutrients and calories from his food.  He slowly lost weigh and strength until the sad November day last year when we had to say good by.

Good by Tom-Cat
Good by Solly
We miss you both.  


Margaret said...

A beautiful tribute to both Tom Cat and Solomon. I know you miss them both sorely. Hugs.

Amy said...

It's so hard to lose our furry family members.

*hugs and hugs*

Julie said...

Beautiful tribute to two beautiful cats!

Robin in Virginia said...

What beautiful tributes to Tom Cat and Solomon! What an assortment of memories you have of the two of them.

Cindy's Stitching said...

they are all so cute. our 4 legged friends. they are family. a beautiful tribute.

Vickie said...

Aww Beth. You have got me to crying. I am so sorry. I know it has been a year and more, but we do love our pets so very much. ♥

Kristen said...

I'm so sorry. Losing fuzzy loved ones is so hard. You've written a lovely tribute to them both.

pandy said...

Aw thank you for sharing this. I love all the pictures and remembering the good times! I, too, really live my cats to be a shade of orange! I think one of the draws to your blog was that you like the same kind of cats I do!!

Terri said...

Wonderful tribute to wonderful kitties!!

CalamityJr said...

What wonderful memories you have; thank you for sharing them with us. Your four-legged family members will always live on in your heart.

Linda said...

What a wonderful tribute for your lovely cats Beth. Are you going to get anymore?


Ann at Beadlework. said...

A lovely touching post Beth.

Mouse said...

awwwww what a lovely post dedicated to your wee furbabies .. and a lovely stitched peice to remind you of them too .... love mouse xxxx

Wanda said...

Beth, what a beautiful tribute to two precious cats who, as we know,are members of the family. You have some amazing, beautiful and funny pictures that are treasures. Thank you for sharing.

Karen said...

What a lovely tribute to your sweet boys. They were such handsome cats.

deb said...

A beautiful post and a loving tribute to your furbabies. No matter how long they've shared our lives, it's so hard when they leave us.

Barb said...

Beth, this was a wonderful tribute to two beautiful cats.

Susan said...

Wherever they are, they heard your kind and beautiful tributes....

Mary said...

A wonderful tribute to two beautiful cats. They seemed to have a perfect home with you and your family as they were well loved. I know you miss them.

Carol said...

Such special tributes to two of your special kitties, Beth! I know how much you must miss both of them. It has been over 8 years and I still miss my black cat, Shadow. They were as lucky to have you in their lives as you were to have them :)

Erica said...

I am so sorry for your losses! I do know what you are going through. We lost 3 of our cats this year. I am still reeling from it!
You should feel better that you gave him a wonderful life!

Karen said...

A touching tribute to two special cats.

gatofish said...

Ginger kitties are the sweetest. Your affection for them through your photos is lovely. I'm sorry for your loss, even a year later. I still think of fondly and with a lump in my throat over my first cat and friend, Goldie, who passed away 21 years ago.

Frances N said...

I've always loved sweet striped cats--yours were both so beautiful! What a lovely tribute to them. I know how bad it hurts to lose special pets, and I'm sure this was hard to write. Each photo you included is so precious and happy. (I especially love Tom Cat half in and half out of his bed!!! Too funny!) Thank you for such a warm and heartfelt post.

Stewart M said...

What a nice, but sad post!

My wonderful ball of fluff is spread out on the kitchen floor at present, making the most of the cooling effect of the tiles on our first hot day of this summer.

What splendid animals they are.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

MaryO said...

So sweet! It's so hard to say goodbye to our beloved furbabies!

Maggee said...

This post is a wonderful tribute to your two beloved cats! I always enjoyed reading about their escapades, with the deer especially! Thanks for sharing! BIG Hugs!